How many times have you gone looking for your perfect dress before getting overwhelmed by all the different features and details? There are enough terms for all the different aspects of wedding dresses to make you dizzy and while you might know visually what you will like, it can make the whole process a lot easier when you know a bit more about your favourite features. Here are some of the well-known dress features and details with illustrations. For more, make sure you grab a copy of the Spring issue of S&P Weddings, December 27th!

Minna bride

Cap sleeves

Delicate and dainty, cap sleeves cover just the shoulder.

Plunging neckline

Offering a seductive element to your bridal attire, a plunging neckline can be sexy yet elegant. Paired with a full length gown, the discreet show of bare skin could be the perfect show-stopper.


Elegant and regal, a high neckline is perfectly offset by a collar for that royal look.


Fabric is gathered at the back of the gown (near the bottom of the bride’s spine) and secured with a series of hooks and buttons. It is commonly a method for drawing up a long wedding dress train for the wedding reception.

Images: Bride: Minna | Sketches: Maura Stanford